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The Occidentalist

The Occidentalist

The Occidentalist

Marissa Ansorge

Marissa Ansorge, Page Designer

Marissa Ansorge is a freshman in her first year of newspaper. Marissa chose to take this class because she wanted to try something new that the middle school didn’t have to offer. Marissa is a journalist for the newspaper team. Marissa enjoys playing travel volleyball in her free time and hanging out with her friends.

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Cinco de Mayo History

Cinco de Mayo History

Marissa Ansorge, Page Designer May 14, 2024

  When people think of Cinco de Mayo, the fifth day in May, they think of a Spanish holiday. That is not actually factual. Cinco de Mayo is in fact not a Spanish holiday at all. Besides all of the celebrations...

New STEM Wing Offers More Electives for Students

New STEM Wing Offers More Electives for Students

Lainie Rintala and Marissa Ansorge March 8, 2024

  A new elective, Innovation and Design, will kick off at the beginning of next school year. If students are interested in the STEM field, the Innovation and Design courses will provide deeper learning...

Graphic Credit: Marissa Ansorge

Holiday Traditions Around the World

Marissa Ansorge and Sydney Fleming December 22, 2023

  In Traverse City, the diversity of religions is very large, meaning there are even more traditions practiced during certain periods, especially the month of December. The most popular is Christmas because...

A Thanksgiving cornucopia. Graphic Credit: M. Ansorge/staff

Students Share Their Appreciation and Thankfulness

Marissa Ansorge, Page Designer November 19, 2023

During the beginning of the holiday season, students often have a lot to be thankful for. Varying from friends and family, to clothes and shoes, everyone has a unique way of expressing and showing their...

The 2023 freshman volleyball team stands together after the Pink Game. Photo Credit: Emily Baumann

Freshman Volleyball Goes Undefeated

Lainie Rintala and Marissa Ansorge November 16, 2023

The freshman volleyball team had an undefeated season this year with a record of 18-0.   “The most crucial things were communication and listening to each other,” freshman Isabelle Hardy said.   The...

Graphic Credit: C. Copenhaver/staff

Sickness Runs Rampant in Schools

Marissa Ansorge and Lainie Rintala November 3, 2023

  As the year begins, sicknesses are at higher risk of spreading in our school community. With students in such close proximity to each other every day and extracurriculars creating more exposure, TCAPS...

Graphic Credit: C. Copenhaver/staff

Finding the Balance Between Travel Sports and School

Marissa Ansorge, Page Designer October 31, 2023

  Every school year, numerous student-athletes participate in travel sports outside of the school program. These students spend most of their free time and weekends playing and participating in the sport...

School Lunches Face Several Changes

School Lunches Face Several Changes

Marissa Ansorge, Page Designer October 3, 2023

  For David Richardson, a Sociology, English 9, and Crime and Justice teacher, school lunch is an easier and faster way to get his daily lunch without hassle.    “I am often too lazy to make...

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